The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are anticipating a few changes at the back this summer. Their goalkeeping situation has been flipped on its head following the arrival of Bernd Leno, and though Petr Cech seems like the likeliest candidate to leave, our landlord thinks that selling David Ospina makes far more sense.
Of course, it would be a risk to sell Ospina, given that Leno is untested in England, and the fact that nobody knows how Petr Cech would react to playing back-up – but if Leno is given the license to play every week, the German could really repay that faith.
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After all, Ospina – who has 88 international caps – has impressed at the World Cup this summer for his native Columbia. He’s their number one, and though he hasn’t played much football over the last few years, he’s stepped into the role with ease. Showing class, composure and confidence, the 29-year-old has impressed – and so he likely won’t have a shortage of suitors. He’s proven that he’s good enough, and that will only drive his price further upwards.
His age is important too. Petr Cech wouldn’t fetch much money given that he’s in the twilight of his career. Ospina, meanwhile, is in the prime of his playing days, and that’s important when you consider sellability. Furthermore, the influence that Cech could have on a relatively young goalkeeper in Leno would be huge.
For Arsenal, times are clearly changing. That must extend to their goalkeeping situation, and the arrival of Leno will facilitate a departure. However, the Gunners must do all they can to keep Cech and sell Ospina – as the rewards could be big, both on the pitch and off of it.
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